Guzzanti escapes prosecution over Pope jokes
19 Sep 08

Italian satirist Sabina Guzzanti will not face charges over alleged insults of Pope Benedict XVI. At a political rally in July, Guzzanti had joked that the Pope would go to Hell when he died, where he would be harassed by ‘poofter devils’.

Italian Minister of Justice Angelino Alfano said he would not pursue a prosecution as he knew ‘depth of the Pope’s capacity for forgiveness’. Offence to the Pope has been a criminal offence in Italy since the 1929 Lateran Treaty between the Vatican and Italy’s Fascist government.
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